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Have You Tried Adobe Lightroom 4 Yet? Tell Us What You Think

lightroom4.jpegIt has been over a week since Adobe released Lightroom 4 and I know many dPS readers have tried it out (and many tried the free beta version).

I’ve been playing around with it in the past week and have to say that I’m happy that I upgraded – the fact that it is now half the price it was is all the more attractive.

While some of the new features are not really going to fit with my needs (like the basic video editing, integrating maps/GPS data and photo book design) – some of the other features have been good.

The improved Develop mode options are particularly what I’ve appreciated – while there are a few few new options they’re intuitive and easy to get your head around and I’m finding I’m getting great results with fewer adjustments.

I also quite like the new email functionality – meaning I no longer have to export a shot to send it to a friend via email. It’s a small thing but takes another step out of my workflow for sharing shots.

But what about you? Have you tried Adobe Lightroom 4? What do you like? What don’t you like? What do you think is missing? Would you recommend it as an upgrade or outright purchase to those considering it?

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • Fish

    I have not noticed that Lightroom 4 is slower like most users have mentioned. I did have to learn to adapt to some of the new features which is ok because they are fun to play with. I find I can get my pictures to where I want them in less steps. There’s still more I have to dive into. Overall I’m happy I got it. The price was attractive as well that’s always a plus. (????)

  • Martin

    Being a new Lightroom user, I kinda feel glad that I haven’t had to run into any upgrade problems, just enjoying the lower price point. I’m just wondering if, as people are saying, this was a “rush to market” might due to the fact that Nikon, Sony and Canon will be starting to roll out a glut of new hardware by the end of the month?

    Besides improving my workflow from a mix of Canon’s DPP and some GIMP editing, I can say I’m very happy with the results as this is cutting my overall post processing time.

  • http://stephendecato.com steve

    I like it, hope they ship the upgrade soon.

  • Alexx
  • Steve

    Bought it, love it, it could be faster. Most impact full bug? Not all Nik plug-ins can open from within Lightroom 4. So I have to open some from within Photoshop. From a speed perspective, two areas could be faster:

    1. Scrolling through your library has a lag on thumbnail appearance. For those who use Bridge in Photoshop, the lag will be identical. I MUCH prefer the fIle management in Lightroom, but until there is an update, the advertised speed benefit over Bridge is non-existent.

    2. The new maps module is horribly slow. It was fun to drag a couple of groups of photos over and then have a world view. But apparently, dragging 2000 RAW files creates speed issues.

  • another steve

    79 US dollars for US customers, 104 US dollars for international customers. Digital download upgrade. Why the difference?

    Cannot use any external editors at the moment, very frustrating and unprofessional on Adobes part.

    Gone back to LR3 until they fix it.

  • http://zeitgeist-photography.blogspot.com Stephen Siteman

    I am trying out the free trial and it is very slow. Other than that, it seems pretty good. No real issues other than the slowness

  • Tom

    What some may not realize is that this is for Vista and Windows 7 users only. Oh and if you have XP still, then version 3 is no longer available. So beware all you who have downloaded the trial last month. If you downloaded 3 and did any processing, your work is for nought. How to get the photos out of the Lightroom archive is the next issue.
    sigh

  • Marie Glynn

    Really regret being an early adopter on this one. Slow as molasses, crash prone, NIK plug-in suite does not work. Ugh.

  • David

    I am quite pleased. It took a while to get it up to speed (literally) on my computer, but after deleting the old previews folder (25000 files taking about 12 gigs of space) things got a LOT peppier. Still finding out the best way to duplicate the old brightness/exposure control I had in the old version. I can get better results, but it takes me longer because I’m not always sure what slider to grab.
    Overall it’s a good upgrade. Glad it was half price.

  • Fay

    Lack of support for those of us that don’t use Canon/Nikon. I want to tether my sony a65 to it and can’t

  • Peter

    @Fay

    The Sony A65 does not support tethered shooting, thats why you can not use it in Lightroom

  • Jen

    Im surprised how cheap it seems to buy? Am I missing something??? I installed a trial version and ran into the known issues of the edit in (nik plugins). But have since installed 4.1 rc and it seems all good. Not that I’ve done awhole lot with it!

  • Bob T

    I was disappointed when a lot of my LR3 presets gave weird results. However, I got over it after actually using the new develop module. I like it.

  • http://www.photoserge.com Ramelli

    Hello Guys,

    When I started working with the beta version true Lightroom 4 was very slow even thought I have a very powerful Imac with 16 GO !

    But since the final release came out and especially the latest update : 4.1 RC

    which you can find here :

    http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom4-1/?tabID=details#tabTop

    It is much faster and almost not lagging anymore.

    I did a full tutorial on using the new retouch features in Lightroom 4 which can you fin here :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prg-VOnD6hs

    and If you want other Lightrooms or Photoshop tutorials you can gets here :

    http://www.photoserge.com/apps

    Serge Ramelli
    http://www.sergeramelli.com

  • http://www.poltrack.net John Poltrack

    I have plenty of time to write a comment as I WAIT for my edit to complete. For the life of me I cannot figure why LR4.0 is so dreadfully slow.

    I like the new features, don’t have any need for the video editing but the integrated Geotagging is nice. I use Jeffrey Friedl’s excellent plugin prior to this.

    But the responsiveness is dreadful. I added more memory but it had no effect.

  • Peter

    @john poltrack
    Have you read the previous remark from Ramelli.
    It really is much faster.

  • John Poltrack

    Thanks to all for their tips. I increased my cache size and I’m glad to see they have a release candidate 4.1 in the works, although I’ll probably wait for the “official” 4.1. Overall I find Lightroom to be an amazing piece of software and can’t imagine not having it.

Some older comments

  • John Poltrack

    May 24, 2012 06:53 pm

    Thanks to all for their tips. I increased my cache size and I'm glad to see they have a release candidate 4.1 in the works, although I'll probably wait for the "official" 4.1. Overall I find Lightroom to be an amazing piece of software and can't imagine not having it.

  • Peter

    May 24, 2012 06:19 pm

    @john poltrack
    Have you read the previous remark from Ramelli.
    It really is much faster.

  • John Poltrack

    May 23, 2012 10:26 pm

    I have plenty of time to write a comment as I WAIT for my edit to complete. For the life of me I cannot figure why LR4.0 is so dreadfully slow.

    I like the new features, don't have any need for the video editing but the integrated Geotagging is nice. I use Jeffrey Friedl's excellent plugin prior to this.

    But the responsiveness is dreadful. I added more memory but it had no effect.

  • Ramelli

    April 14, 2012 08:07 pm

    Hello Guys,

    When I started working with the beta version true Lightroom 4 was very slow even thought I have a very powerful Imac with 16 GO !

    But since the final release came out and especially the latest update : 4.1 RC

    which you can find here :

    http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom4-1/?tabID=details#tabTop

    It is much faster and almost not lagging anymore.

    I did a full tutorial on using the new retouch features in Lightroom 4 which can you fin here :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prg-VOnD6hs

    and If you want other Lightrooms or Photoshop tutorials you can gets here :

    http://www.photoserge.com/apps

    Serge Ramelli
    http://www.sergeramelli.com

  • Bob T

    April 14, 2012 12:22 pm

    I was disappointed when a lot of my LR3 presets gave weird results. However, I got over it after actually using the new develop module. I like it.

  • Jen

    April 11, 2012 10:41 pm

    Im surprised how cheap it seems to buy? Am I missing something??? I installed a trial version and ran into the known issues of the edit in (nik plugins). But have since installed 4.1 rc and it seems all good. Not that I've done awhole lot with it!

  • Peter

    March 27, 2012 12:02 am

    @Fay

    The Sony A65 does not support tethered shooting, thats why you can not use it in Lightroom

  • Fay

    March 26, 2012 06:44 am

    Lack of support for those of us that don't use Canon/Nikon. I want to tether my sony a65 to it and can't

  • David

    March 21, 2012 11:25 pm

    I am quite pleased. It took a while to get it up to speed (literally) on my computer, but after deleting the old previews folder (25000 files taking about 12 gigs of space) things got a LOT peppier. Still finding out the best way to duplicate the old brightness/exposure control I had in the old version. I can get better results, but it takes me longer because I'm not always sure what slider to grab.
    Overall it's a good upgrade. Glad it was half price.

  • Marie Glynn

    March 20, 2012 03:51 pm

    Really regret being an early adopter on this one. Slow as molasses, crash prone, NIK plug-in suite does not work. Ugh.

  • Tom

    March 20, 2012 07:30 am

    What some may not realize is that this is for Vista and Windows 7 users only. Oh and if you have XP still, then version 3 is no longer available. So beware all you who have downloaded the trial last month. If you downloaded 3 and did any processing, your work is for nought. How to get the photos out of the Lightroom archive is the next issue.
    sigh

  • Stephen Siteman

    March 20, 2012 06:35 am

    I am trying out the free trial and it is very slow. Other than that, it seems pretty good. No real issues other than the slowness

  • another steve

    March 19, 2012 04:46 pm

    79 US dollars for US customers, 104 US dollars for international customers. Digital download upgrade. Why the difference?

    Cannot use any external editors at the moment, very frustrating and unprofessional on Adobes part.

    Gone back to LR3 until they fix it.

  • Steve

    March 19, 2012 06:51 am

    Bought it, love it, it could be faster. Most impact full bug? Not all Nik plug-ins can open from within Lightroom 4. So I have to open some from within Photoshop. From a speed perspective, two areas could be faster:

    1. Scrolling through your library has a lag on thumbnail appearance. For those who use Bridge in Photoshop, the lag will be identical. I MUCH prefer the fIle management in Lightroom, but until there is an update, the advertised speed benefit over Bridge is non-existent.

    2. The new maps module is horribly slow. It was fun to drag a couple of groups of photos over and then have a world view. But apparently, dragging 2000 RAW files creates speed issues.

  • Alexx

    March 17, 2012 05:43 pm

    I love it!

    http://disney-photography-blog.blogspot.com/2012/03/daily-snap-1.html

  • steve

    March 17, 2012 05:52 am

    I like it, hope they ship the upgrade soon.

  • Martin

    March 16, 2012 02:17 pm

    Being a new Lightroom user, I kinda feel glad that I haven't had to run into any upgrade problems, just enjoying the lower price point. I'm just wondering if, as people are saying, this was a "rush to market" might due to the fact that Nikon, Sony and Canon will be starting to roll out a glut of new hardware by the end of the month?

    Besides improving my workflow from a mix of Canon's DPP and some GIMP editing, I can say I'm very happy with the results as this is cutting my overall post processing time.

  • Fish

    March 16, 2012 12:26 pm

    I have not noticed that Lightroom 4 is slower like most users have mentioned. I did have to learn to adapt to some of the new features which is ok because they are fun to play with. I find I can get my pictures to where I want them in less steps. There's still more I have to dive into. Overall I'm happy I got it. The price was attractive as well that's always a plus. (????)

  • ccting

    March 16, 2012 10:46 am

    :D need some tradeoff for better photo editing.. I hope they will disable some features in options so to reduce the processes @ background and other undesired features by users..

    More features more processess and the slower it goes.

  • mel

    March 16, 2012 09:11 am

    I keep getting "an error occurred when attempting to change modules"!!!

  • EdH

    March 16, 2012 06:44 am

    I got it, and so far so good. I can't really tell about the slowness because at the same time I got 4, I switched from a PC to a MacBook Pro, so the former was very slow and the latter just seems a whole lot better in general. So if they can still improve speed somehow, then WOW!

    One complaint: I can't edit things in Photoshop Elements directly. That is, when I say "Edit in ...." and select Elements, nothing happens. The transition to the external editor does nothing. Anyone else getting this?

  • Colin Carmichael

    March 16, 2012 05:38 am

    Is it possible to run LR3 and LR4 side-by-side? In other words, can I use LR3 most of the time, and only go into LR4 when I need those features? I'm concerned about the reported slowness since I already find LR3 and touch slow sometimes.

  • Rusty Sterling

    March 16, 2012 05:12 am

    I started with the Beta version and my only complaint was how slow it was moving from module to module. That has not changed with the final release version. With the exception of one big bug I found doing exports from RAW to jpg or tiff (which seemed to have cleared up after a restart of the computer), I am very happy with LR4. The Map and book modules are useless to me so I have hidden them. Love the Basic adjustments in the Develop module -- much more precise and get me much better results than LR3. And the print adjustment controls in the Print module are a Godsend. With just minor adjustments of brightness (+6) and contrast (+16) I get printed images that are almost exactly the same as the image on the monitor.

  • Fred

    March 16, 2012 05:07 am

    Well if you shoot video I suspect it is a must have. I don't. Was a beta tester and experienced allot of crashes. Think they rushed this one to market. Need the 2012 process version and since that was not in PS CS5 that may be why there were crashes. Also tried third party presets etc. Sure that NIX etc will work with it now however.

  • Anthony

    March 16, 2012 04:53 am

    I am very satisfied both LIGHTROOM 4. I find it very convenient to make minor adjustments on photos Email them and have them when imported placed in the proper folders for me by date ETC. All from within the program. I Especially like the feature of the map, Since 99% of all the photos I take are Geotagged. That is just wonderful for me. Personally I give it a rating of 5 full stars.

    Read more: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/have-you-tried-adobe-lightroom-4-yet-tell-us-what-you-think#ixzz1pD26tpw9

  • Anthony

    March 16, 2012 04:51 am

    I am very satisfied both LIGHTROOM 4. I find it very convenient to make minor adjustments on photos Email them and have them when imported placed in the proper folders for me by date ETC. All from within the program. I Especially like the feature of the map, Since 99% of all the photos I take are Geotagged. That is just wonderful for me. Personally I give it a rating of 5 full stars.

  • Nancy

    March 16, 2012 03:29 am

    What is your experience with the Photo Books module? Will you use it?

  • Average Joe

    March 16, 2012 03:08 am

    I tried the beta... It seemed okay- a little to easy to edit photos if you ask me. Sounds weird, but it just made me feel like I was cheatig the editing process... I do like some of the settings though.

  • Jörmungandr

    March 16, 2012 03:04 am

    I downloaded it a couple of days ago. Like many people have said, it works pretty slow. The thing I like about LR4 is that it has some new features like we can design our own photobook. But when exporting the book to PDF file, it takes quite lots of time.

  • BrianP

    March 16, 2012 02:48 am

    From what I've read on the product I won't jump at the offer. LR3.x has been working so well for me and was really a nice upgrade. Perhaps when LR4 is mid cycle there might be more value for me.

  • David Vollmer

    March 16, 2012 02:33 am

    Lightroom 4 is too slow to consider for a meaningful workflow. It is quite good at what it does but way to slow!

  • PNewt

    March 16, 2012 02:21 am

    I, too, have found it to be REALLY, REALLY slow. I like what I see when I see it, but it's so slow I probably will stick to 3.

  • Richard Earl

    March 16, 2012 02:21 am

    Haven't tried it... and won't be doing so.

    I use Win XP 32 bit with full, fast RAM, Intel Core2Duo E8400 3GHz... have for years and will continue so long as my present system lives. So far as I can tell from the stats and reviews, there is absolutely nothing in LR4 that I need or would use.

    Sorry, Adobe. (But I do understand you intend to screw me later when I try to upgrade to LR5 or LR6 from my LR3 and you will require me to buy it full retail as if I was never a customer. Lovely move. Sure makes me feel like switching to another good editor - Corel, perhaps?)

  • Mark

    March 16, 2012 02:07 am

    Maybe I am just slow. However I did not like lightroom 4. I took it off three days after I downloaded it. It took to much time to learn.

  • Zack Jones

    March 16, 2012 01:50 am

    So far so good for me. I love the Map module and being able to geotag those images that weren't previously tagged. I haven't noticed any real slowness but then again I'm using an older computer so everything seems slow to me :).

  • Steven

    March 16, 2012 01:13 am

    I haven't noticed a significant slowing down so far, maybe cause my catalog is not really that huge. But what annoys me is how LR4 automatically resets all your tone curves. This is not an issue in photos where there are only minor adjustments but otherwise it can end up looking quite different! This is a known bug that adobe is working on fixing. I'm just surprised no one has mentioned it here.

  • Vlad Marasquino

    March 16, 2012 01:07 am

    "With no trouble I have all presets installed and my whole Library is updated."

    Anita,

    Are you aware of the bug that impact libraries imported from LR3 to LR4 ? If you have used the curve point histogram, then these adjustment were not taken in account. So you might end up with some strange looking pictures in your libray. A patch should be released very soon.

  • Sonja

    March 16, 2012 12:32 am

    I've been considering upgrading to LR4 since it's only $79 right now, but the comments about slowness have been delaying me to pull the trigger. I notice some lag currently with 3.6 when switching from library to develop. I'm thinking I may need to upgrade the laptop first to be able to efficiently run the program now, but I'm also worried if I keep waiting the price will go up.

  • Anita Broda

    March 16, 2012 12:27 am

    I bought LR4 because it was cheap enough not to think about it too long.. What I didn't expect is that I needed to upgrade my OS.. on Mac as I used to work on 10.5. But after all I'm glad I did all the trouble with downloading, installing etc because my MAC works much better now. Also LR4 is now faster then LR3. With no trouble I have all presets installed and my whole Library is updated. I'm certailny going to use photo-book option.

  • Shawn

    March 16, 2012 12:25 am

    Start:

    i7 2700k
    16GB DDR3 1600

    So Sloooow...
    LR3 is so much faster. I have both installed.

    End.

  • JC Renaud

    March 15, 2012 11:57 pm

    I tried the new LR4 and feel right at home. The updates are not major, but neither is the price. I could therefore say I'm satisfied with the upgrade.

    I enjoy the changes made to some of the sliders, but I feel there should have been a built-in way of updating LR3's presets (unless there already is, if so please let me know).

    I'm having issues with performance too, but haven't yet looked into fixing this myself...

    JC

  • Michele

    March 15, 2012 11:53 pm

    I've been using CNX2 since I started shooting in RAW, so I haven't noticed much slowness - I guess I'm already used to it! I tried LR before and was never convinced that I fit my workflow better but now that it does book publishing, I adopted it. Saves me hour of converting NEFs to JPGs with CNX2. At first the book publishing module felt a bit awkward but I'm getting the hang of it and I can pretty much set up the layout any way I want now. Still missing some features from CNX2 but the time saved is worth the learning curve.

  • John D. Roach

    March 15, 2012 11:45 pm

    I am not super impressed but granted I have only had LR4 a few days and am still trying to figure it out. I probably am having difficulting with the change since I really like the way sliders worked in LR3 and was getting pretty use to that in my workflow. Unfortunatly, I almost wish I hadn't downloaded it, since I was very, very happy with LR3 and didn't expect one feature which is very disconcerning. That is, I dislike and absolutely don't understand and still can't seem to figure out is the LR4 exclamation mark feature indicating that it has features to improve or do differently then an already LR3 processed images. It offers a "before" and "after" view which frankly is worthless, since it splits the image in half with no discernable difference. Why for goodness sake I might had made adjustments which might have been made only to one side of the image originally. Eventully, I really want to get LR3 off my iMac so it is not consuming hard drive space, but still am not sure that is a good idea and what the impact will be. Maybe I should just get rid of LR4. If anyone has suggestions, I sure would welcome them.

  • Bert

    March 15, 2012 11:15 pm

    Love the new functionality, but is much slower in develop and am seriously disappointed in the quality of this release. "Edit-in" and my plug-in's are all inaccessible (not an isolated issue according to the forums and crosses Win/OSX platforms) while Adobe works on a fix for something that worked in the beta.

  • Simon

    March 15, 2012 10:40 pm

    I'm surprised no-one has mentioned this bug:

    http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lr4_deleted_all_my_tone_curve_adjustments

    I'm waiting until at least this gets resolved.

  • Dave

    March 15, 2012 10:34 pm

    Hi Guys LR4 works well for me on a iMac and as already mentioned I can get results quicker than before. I have over 100k images and converted to 2012 process. I did notice some changes but I was expecting that and now I am slowly working through and updating (and deleting) images to make a more efficient and effective catalogue.

    Please have a look at this site http://www.lightroomqueen.com/ Victoria has been a great help to me and has just finished a new ebook,/book which is called Adobe Lightroom 4 – The Missing FAQ which I have just downloaded. I have had previous versions and they have no nonsense info in a format which helps you get the work done, I highly recommend Victoria for all things Lightroom.

  • Michele

    March 15, 2012 07:14 pm

    I'm using the new Lightroom 4. It's amazing, you can use lots of effects, adjust your photos in a new way. The lens correction it's very useful. To me the new Lightroom is wonderful!

  • Ganesh

    March 15, 2012 07:08 pm

    For everyone complaining about LR4 being really slow, I experienced it too. A quick fix that worked for me is to delete all the previews (which would've been created for version 3) and let LR4 rebuild them. Once it is rebuilt, it is pretty responsive.

    Oh and about LR4, I love it. the new develop features are sweet! The bloat is a little concerning, though. Overall, a great upgrade.

  • Peter

    March 15, 2012 05:44 pm

    I think that it's great.
    If you convert your raw photos to DNG they load much faster.
    If you want to remove the Modules, right click on the top bar and untick the ones you don't want to see.

  • Caroline Maryan

    March 15, 2012 05:12 pm

    I like it. I think the Basic panel sliders actually make more sense. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere, but the Spot Removal Tool seems to do a better job of blending with the surroundings. Also, the moiré tool did an awesome job on a troublesome sky.

  • Steve McDonagh

    March 15, 2012 04:09 pm

    Well I did download the beta and played around a bit. But here's a tip to people, like me who are hobby photographers, shooting jpeg. Download the completely free Photoscape 3.6 . I take a lot of pictures in our engine block factory for visual aids, work instructions etc. I have found that Photoscape gives me the quick tweeks needed to improve my photos. I even add a few special effects now and again. The is a great colour pencil filter and many others. Don't take my word for it. Check it out.

  • Erik Richard Unger

    March 15, 2012 04:03 pm

    LR4 is pretty incredible. I love the new exposure controls. They give me more control over the histogram.

  • Darren Rowse

    March 15, 2012 04:02 pm

    On the issue of slowness - I've not noticed any yet. However I'm on a brand new iMac so perhaps it has the grunt needed?

  • Darren Rowse

    March 15, 2012 04:00 pm

    Agreed with that Daniel - I was pretty amazed to see I had to pay close to $100 AUD for the upgrade when I know US friends are getting it for $79. With the AUD worth more than the USD at the moment (and for the last few months) it just seems bizarre.

  • xulsolar

    March 15, 2012 03:16 pm

    I was expecting a lot more of new stuffs, for me it is almost the same than the 3 version. No too much to say...

  • Daniel

    March 15, 2012 02:39 pm

    So far so good, had to reinstall the SmugMug plugin to get it to work again. Loving the map and book module.

    Only major gripe is Adobe continuing to gouge Australians for digital download upgrade costs for no viable reason (cost AU $98 to upgrade vs $79 US for Americans). Make no real sense given the exchange rate and the fact there is zero physical costs associated with a digital upgrade

  • Josh

    March 15, 2012 02:35 pm

    I have been at home in Lightroom for a long time now. The latest iteration took some getting used to and I have been having to tweak some of my presets (or work with the 2010 engine), but overall I’m very happy. I have noticed that my images are getting where they need to be in fewer steps also.

    The new highlights/shadows slider is awesome for black and white images. And the ability to spot adjust for more issues is also a big selling point for me. I found the software easy to navigate as well, so that’s a bonus. Sometimes, with revisions, companies will rework the shebang and I hate relearning software when I have deadlines to meet.

    My only issue has been the Camera Raw 7 error when you open an image in Photoshop, but all releases are going to have bugs. I’ll get over it.

  • Josh

    March 15, 2012 02:27 pm

    I have been at home in Lightroom for a long time now. The latest iteration took some getting used to and I have been having to tweak some of my presets (or work with the 2010 engine), but overall I'm very happy. I have noticed that my images are getting where they need to be in fewer steps also.

    The new highlights/shadows slider is awesome for black and white images. And the ability to spot adjust for more issues is also a big selling point for me. I found the software easy to navigate as well, so that's a bonus. Sometimes, with revisions, companies will rework the shebang and I hate relearning software when I have deadlines to meet.

    My only issue has been the Camera Raw 7 error when you open an image in Photoshop, but all releases are going to have bugs. I'll get over it.

  • Sukte

    March 15, 2012 02:16 pm

    I really like it! My pictures really do look better processed with the new Lightroom 4. No regrets here..

  • Alessandro

    March 15, 2012 02:05 pm

    disappointed: you should be able to hide unused modules (there was really the need to give to the map a whole module??)
    also:

    - the interface is sloooooow.
    - CPU and memory hog.
    - they made gazillions of tutorials but you can't find any useful instructions on how to modify a book template, or build your own.

    Adobe should really focus on delivering better coding and make a better use of the resources.

  • hulk

    March 15, 2012 02:05 pm

    been using LR2-3 within a w. XP virtual machine, but now since LR4 won't work in it I'm about to drop it for good and instead work with darktables.
    Emailing I've done via export + simple shell command in export directory, one of the many, many joys and eases of use that Linux/Unix derivatives provide over w/osx.

  • Justin

    March 15, 2012 01:55 pm

    I upgraded from LR3 and like you Darren like the revised Develop module as i seem to do less adjustments to get the image 'right'. Emailing also good too. And the Map mopdule is fun to play with. Agree with David tho it does seem slower. So make sure you have a fast machine if you intend to use it too.

  • Jielus

    March 15, 2012 01:45 pm

    I bought and downloaded Lightroom4 in Dutch for the Mac. I updated the library only to find out that all my other settings like filters and plug-ins didn't showed up or worked. Starting all over again for 36.000 photos is to much work. For me it stinks! But I will wait a couple of months and maybe there will be an solution behind the horizon. For now? Just stay with LR3, I have just wasted my money!

  • Hassan Alsayed

    March 15, 2012 01:39 pm

    Its kind of how I already expected, not much thats really exciting but it does what its suppose to and it does it well. The only thing I wish they added is a true full screen mode.

  • cepwin

    March 15, 2012 01:33 pm

    I actually loved the beta so I bought it and like it a lot...it does exactly what I need it to do. I did notice a little slowness tonight but all and all I'm happy with it. Personally I haven't found it to be buggy but I'm sure I don't work the app as intensely as a professional would.

  • Dustin

    March 15, 2012 01:32 pm

    One word...wait for it....keep waiting...almost there...S...L...O...W. The forums on Adobe's site are littered with comments about the excruciating lag between adjusting a setting and seeing the change on screen. I've been a user since version 1, and I have NEVER seen the application run this slow on any hardware. Dual-core processor...8GB of memory...and an SSD make absolutely no difference. Even the Core i7 users are complaining.

  • David

    March 15, 2012 01:30 pm

    oops - I meant 'bugs', not 'buys' in previous e-mail

  • David

    March 15, 2012 01:28 pm

    Disappointed: The consensus on the forums I've been reading is that the new version is really, really slow and has more that a few buys. I certainly agree with that it's much slower than the last iteration of Lightroom 3 and I've been advising all my colleagues to wait until the bugs are out before upgrading.

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